I took a couple of pictures but concluded that this might be a field clearing pile. Then I took a quick duck into the woods behind, got a couple more pictures and then came out. I did not want to be tresspassing and I was pretty visible. Anyway after that I drove back out the way I came in, I stopped at the field clearing pile on the right to get a picture of that and then was continuing and thinking about that first rock pile and why it was probably a field clearing pile.
- Somewhat too conical, almost angle of repose
- The rocks were too young looking (although it was supposedly covered with leaves and vines before it was cleaned)
- It was right at the edge of a nice flat arable field.
- It was isolated with no similar piles nearby (most times a rock pile by itself is not credible as ceremonial)
Note the white quartz in the detail photo. Also note that the pile is built like a wedge with a steep side almost like a retaining wall visible in the 2nd photo above, and falling away at less than the angle of repose on the other side. I could have been vandalized on that side, or this could be its original shape. On the balance, although this pile seemed isolated, I think it is ceremonial and think it is a standard kind of platform pile.
Across the wet place I spotted something even bigger. I do not know what to make of this. [Note the kind of assault from falling trees these things can survive.]
This pile is at the bottom of a slope, where rocks would naturally get pushed to, in an "agrarian" activity. Plus there were mixed rock sizes suggesting progressive dumping along the line; or rocks and ledgerock ending in the above pile. I scrambled upslope to get a better look at this thing:
The part off to the left is the "pile" I saw from below. It is like a rock dump at the bottom of a slope. Could it be ceremonial? I don't know. Here is another of these fun panoramas, showing the same "pile" from below:
So the end of the story is that, no, the ladies are probably looking at a field clearing pile. But there are so many different kinds of piles out here in Harvard, the woods are so full of a variety of different types of pile, that it is easy to be confused.